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Childcare and Education Level 3 Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

College classes provide the knowledge and understanding to build confidence and make the best of the very extensive work placements with children aged between Birth -5 years.

Units of work studied in the first year are:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 1
  • External assessment: Effective Practice Study Task

Units of work studied in the second year are:

  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Effective Practice Study Task (5,000 word externally marked assignment in first year )
  • Extended Assessment Task (5,000 word externally marked assignment in second year).

Students should expect to spend a considerable amount of the course in real working environments. These include placements in settings such as Early Years Centres, day nurseries, baby units, preschools, primary schools.

It is essential that Childcare and Education Workers have a genuine interest in children. It is an advantage to be patient, reliable, flexible, cheerful, and enthusiastic and in addition have a sense of humour! Candidates should be able to use their own initiative with a commitment to equal opportunities.

Entry requirements

Interview and 5 GCSEs grade C or above in written subjects which must include English. Unless Maths grade C has already been achieved before the Course, then those who haven’t achieved this grade will study GCSE Maths alongside the Childcare Course.
Alternatively, the Full Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 2 at an overall ‘C’ grade or above would be required.


Students will learn through;

  • Task-based Learning
  • Workshops and class/group discussions
  • Placement experience
  • Assignments
  • Practical tasks

Study will be split between two – three days at a work placement, which will vary throughout the Course, and two and a half days at College. Students are encouraged to work independently using the excellent ILT facilities available at the College’s Learning Resource Centre. A few personal books will be essential for studying.

Students will be assessed by assignments throughout their Course.

Candidates work experience will also be continuously monitored and assessed.

Future opportunities

This is an advanced level course.  Achievement at grade “A*” attracts 420 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A levels) and direct entry to University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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